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Have you ever gotten butterflies in your stomach or heard bad news and felt it in your gut? For many years, health experts have been adamant about the brain-gut connection—the concept that your emotions and brain activity can influence what goes on with your digestive system. Now, new research has established a link between the gut and one of the most common mental health conditions: depression. Read on to learn about it—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. New Study Finds Genetic Relationship Between Stomach Ulcers and DepressionA new study published in the journal Nature Communications has established a genetic relationship between stomach ulcers and depression. More specifically, people who suffer from psychiatric disorders, including major depression, are more susceptible to peptic ulcer disease. “While a causal relationship cannot be confirmed between major depression and digestion related disorders (or vice versa), consideration of clinical implications of a possible relationship is justified,” the researchers write in the study. “When treating patients with [major depression], awareness of the digestion symptoms for [peptic ulcer disease] could help to decide if further interventions are needed.”Professor Naomi Wray and Dr. Yeda Wu from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience believe that their findings could promote a more holistic approach to treating the condition. “As a medical student, I noticed how some patients’ gastrointestinal symptoms improved after psychotherapy or psychiatry treatment,” Dr Wu said in a press release. “This study linking major depression with an increased risk of gastrointestinal disorders also explains the co-morbidity of the conditions.”The researchers studied health data from 456,327 individuals from the UK Biobank, identifying eight genetic variations associated with the risk of getting peptic ulcer disease. “Six of the eight variations can be linked to why some people are more prone to H. pylori infection, which would make them more susceptible to peptic ulcer disease,” Professor Wray explained. Professor Wray continued to explain that while existing peptic ulcer treatment targets the gene linked to one of these genetic variations, identification of other associated genes could offer opportunities to develop new treatments.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to NormalHow to Stay Stress-Free During This PandemicOne of the best ways to maintain your health during the pandemic is by following Dr. Anthony Fauci’s fundamentals, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Cities nationwide are relaxing their coronavirus restrictions—opening movie theaters, allowing more indoor dining—but is it too soon? Especially with more transmissible variants on the loose? Experts like the head of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believe so. “Things are tenuous,” she said. “Now is not the time to relax restrictions. We cannot get comfortable or give in to a false sense of security that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.” Read on to see what Dr. Fauci said about this, and what he called “dangerous”—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Dr. Fauci Says Withdrawing the Intensity of Public Health Measures is “Dangerous” Cases are going down—or rather, they were, until a recent plateauing. “If you look at the decline of that slope, it was really sharp and very encouraging if you look at the rate as it goes down,” said Dr. Fauci on Face the Nation. “But over the last several days, it's kind of stopped at around 70,000 and lingered there for a day or two. That is concerning because the thing we don't want is to have it plateau at 70,000 per day. That's exactly the thing that happened during previous surges. As it peaked and started to come down, people withdrew some of the intensity of the public health measures and it kind of stabilized at a very high level. That's very dangerous, particularly given the fact that we have these variants around.” Keep reading for four more warnings from Fauci. 2 Dr. Fauci Says Don’t Pull Back Now “If you look at the curve, it's coming down sharply, but the last several days, it's kind of plateaued at around 70,000 new infections per day,” he reiterated on CNN’s State of the Union. “Let's look at what history has taught us. If you go back and look at the various surges, whenever we hit the peak and start coming down, understandably, totally understandably say, ‘Well, let's pull back.’ We're going to ultimately be pulling back, but you want to get the level of baseline infections day very low.” 3 Dr. Fauci Warns of the New, More Transmissible COVID Variants “If you look at that little plateau,” said Fauci, “particularly in the arena of having variants, such as we have in California and such as we have in New York, it is really risky to say, ‘It's over, we're on the way out. Let's pull back.’ Because what we can see is that we turn up, it isn't hypothetical data because just look historically at the late winter, early spring of 2020, of the summer of 2020, when we started to pull back prematurely, we saw the rebounds.” 4 Dr. Fauci Agrees with the CDC Chief—Now is Not the Time to Relax “Things are tenuous. Now is not the time to relax restrictions,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. “We cannot get comfortable or give in to a false sense of security that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. I know people are tired. They want to get back to life as normal, but we're not there yet.” “Amen,” said Dr. Fauci on State of the Union when asked if he agreed. 5 Dr. Fauci Says Each City and State Should Look at Their Restrictions and Decide “Or the easing of those,” restrictions, “Obviously each individual state and city needs to look at the situation in their own location where they are. But in general, to think just because the cases are coming down on the daily basis, take a look at the pattern and just watch over the next several days to a week. If we do this and start coming up, then we're going to go right back to the road of rebounding. So that's the reason why I agree completely with what Dr. Walensky has said,” he added on State of the Union.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 6 How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic “One,” says Fauci on Face the Nation, “continue to implement the public health measures that we talk about all the time, mask, distancing, avoiding congregate settings, but importantly, get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as you possibly can. That's why adding yet again another really good vaccine into the mix is really very important.”So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the safety of vaccines, and their feelings about the Pfizer vaccine are clear: “FDA evaluated and analyzed the safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials conducted in tens of thousands of study participants and manufacturing information submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech” and found “clear evidence that Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be effective in preventing COVID-19 and support that the known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine’s use.” So what are those risks? Read on to see who should not get the vaccine—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Here’s Who Should Not Get the Vaccine, Says the FDA You may have heard that a small number of people had severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine. “Severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported following administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine during mass vaccination outside of the clinical trial setting,” says the FDA. Therefore: “You should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine if you: had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccinehad a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.” "What the Pfizer people are saying is that if you have a history of a severe allergic reaction, you should either not take this vaccine, or if you do take it, take it in the context of a place where if you do develop an allergic reaction, it could be readily and effectively treated," said Dr. Anthony Fauci in a CNBC Healthy Returns Livestream. Keep reading to see what exactly is in the vaccine, to see if you might be allergic. 2 So What’s in the Vaccine? Says the FDA: “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose.” Next see what you should tell your vaccine administrator before getting yours. 3 What You Should Tell Your Vaccine Administrator Before Getting the Vaccine According to the FDA, “tell the vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: have any allergies have a fever have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system are pregnant or plan to become pregnant are breastfeeding have received another COVID-19 vaccine.” 4 Discuss Your Case With Your Doctor, if You Have Allergy Concerns The CDC has some good advice for those unsure: “If you have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated,” they explain. Additionally, those with an allergy to polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate should also avoid getting it. “These recommendations include allergic reactions to PEG and polysorbate. Polysorbate is not an ingredient in either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine but is closely related to PEG, which is in the vaccines. People who are allergic to PEG or polysorbate should not get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine,” they explain. RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to Normal 5 Serious Adverse Events Are Rare The FDA says “serious adverse events, while uncommon (<1.0%), were observed at slightly higher numerical rates in the vaccine study group compared to the saline placebo study group, both overall and for certain specific adverse events occurring in very small numbers,” says the FDA. “These represented common medical events that occur in the general population at similar frequency. Upon further review by FDA, these imbalances do not raise a safety concern, nor do they suggest a causal relationship to vaccination for the vast majority of reported serious adverse events.Serious adverse events considered by FDA to be plausibly related to the vaccine or vaccination procedure were one case of shoulder injury at the vaccination site and one case of swollen lymph node in the armpit opposite the vaccination arm.”So barring any allergies, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Coronavirus cases were dropping, but then, last week, they weren’t—a sign that this pandemic is still not over, despite the good news about a third vaccine and predictions of herd immunity by spring. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan yesterday to issue a warning, about the new COVID-19 variants (which are more transmissible and possibly more fatal) and about how you can stay safe. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. Dr. Fauci Warns Stopping Public Health Measures Now is “Dangerous”Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned on Friday during a White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing that the pandemic was not over—that everyone needed to stay on guard, and that cases have stopped dropping. “The CDC director said this week that there is a very concerning shift in the trajectory of the virus,” said host Brennan. “It seemed we've been doing better. Is it because of these California and New York variants that you're now more worried?”“You know, not sure,” said Fauci. “It certainly could be that because we do have some worrisome variants in California and in New York. If you look at the decline of that slope, it was really sharp and very encouraging if you look at the rate as it goes down. But over the last several days, it's kind of stopped at around 70,000 and lingered there for a day or two.”“That is concerning,” he said, “because the thing we don't want is to have it plateau at 70,000 per day. That's exactly the thing that happened during previous surges. As it peaked and started to come down, people withdrew some of the intensity of the public health measures and it kind of stabilized at a very high level. That's very dangerous, particularly given the fact that we have these variants around, which is the reason why there are two things you can do to essentially counter that.”RELATED: Dr. Fauci Just Said When We'd Get Back to NormalHow to Stay Safe During This Pandemic, According to Dr. FauciSo how can you avoid these variants? “One, continue to implement the public health measures that we talk about all the time, mask, distancing, avoiding congregate settings, but importantly, get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as you possibly can,” he said. “That's why adding yet again another really good vaccine into the mix is really very important.” Dr. Fauci reiterated that any vaccine—be it Pfizer, Moderna and J&J—is effective. So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Alongside over 450,000 Americans who have died of coronavirus are those who got the virus and lived—but are maimed by it, their lives ruined. They are called Long Haulers and they suffer Long COVID, or Post-COVID Syndrome, and it happens to an estimated 10% or more of those who get the virus. Now, a new study in The Lancet has been published, aiming to “describe the long-term health consequences of patients with COVID-19 who have been discharged from hospital and investigate the associated risk factors, in particular disease severity,” measuring the consequences after six months. Read on to see if you have any of the symptoms, ranked here from less common to most common—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 17 You May Have a Low-Grade Fever <1% Suffered ThisSome Long Haulers have a consistent fever; temperature fluctuations are not uncommon, as your body thinks it’s still fighting the virus. “The degree of temperature elevation might reflect the severity of inflammation,” reports a study in Critical Care. 16 You May Have a Headache 2% Suffered ThisRunner and Long Hauler Natalie Hakala “described having a rapid heart rate, brain fog, and consistent headaches unlike any headache she’s had before,” reports Runner's World. “One sign” she was doing better was that “she can finish her sentences now. Just a few weeks ago, she would have to stop after a few words to catch her breath.” 15 You May Have Myalgia ’2% Suffered ThisDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has mentioned myalgia is a common Long Hauler symptom. “Myalgia describes muscle aches and pain, which can involve ligaments, tendons and fascia, the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones and organs,” according to Johns Hopkins. 14 You May Have a Skin Rash 3% Suffered This"The skin is really a window into how the body is working overall, so the fact that we could visually see persistent inflammation in long-hauler patients is particularly fascinating and gives us a chance to explore what's going on," Freeman told Medscape Medical News. "It certainly makes sense to me, knowing what we know about other organ systems, that there might be some long-lasting inflammation" in the skin as well. 13 You May Have a Sore Throat or a Difficulty Swallowing 4% Suffered ThisUSA Today tells the story of Diane Matikowski, 61, “a school nurse from Wallingford, Connecticut. Matikowski said she was exhausted for more than three months. Her symptoms also included sore throat, loss of smell and taste, leg cramps and twitches, fevers, a rash, hair loss and memory issues.” "I would be watching something on TV and couldn't remember what happened in the last scene," she said. 12 You May Have Chest Pain 5% Suffered ThisThis could be a heart issue; many Long Haulers have heart damage. Or an inflammatory issue, like costochondritis. Or it could be a lung issue. “Marina Oshana’s antibody test showed that the nasty flu-like illness she had back in February was actually COVID-19,” reports FOX40. “My chest started to hurt and I couldn’t breathe and I thought, ‘This is not right,'” Oshana told the news channel. Now, “I get just out of breath almost immediately,” she said. 11 You May Have Diarrhea or Vomiting 5% Suffered ThisCanadian Long Hauler Lauren Nichols has had it rough: “By mid-April, the previously healthy 120 pound 32-year-old with no pre-existing conditions developed walking pneumonia, experienced continued gastrointestinal symptoms, and developed hand tremors in her left hand and numbness in her left foot that lasted two months,” reports Healthing.ca. “After four straight months of nausea, vertigo, and constant diarrhea, she’d lost 12 pounds.” 10 You May Have Dizziness 6% Suffered This“Long haulers also have commonly described neurologic symptoms that include dizziness, headache, loss of smell or taste, etc. Carlos del Rio, at Emory University School of Medicine, wrote in a review that while stroke is not commonly reported acutely with COVID, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), seizures and 'brain fog' have been described several months post initial infection,” reports Scientific American. 9 You May Have a Taste Disorder 7% Suffered This“Among the peculiar and alarming symptoms reported by individuals, who experts call long-haulers, are early signs of Parkinson’s disease, scaly skin rashes and unpleasant tastes in their mouths,” reports the Miami Herald. Many have lost their sense of taste and, for some, it may never come back. 8 You May Have a Decreased Appetite 8% Suffered ThisA decreased appetite is not uncommon, and hardly the weirdest symptom. “From my Facebook support groups I have heard laments of brain fog, dizziness, twitching eyes, GI issues, heat intolerance, migraines, nausea, neurological deficits, photosensitivity, pleurisy, poor appetite, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, tingling, yellow tongue, red toes, blue lips, bulging veins and curled fingernails,” Long Hauler Lea Lane writes in Forbes. “My own symptoms now include fatigue, hoarseness, wheezing, fizzy nerves, numb limbs, leg aches, shortness of breath, varying blood pressure from very high to very low, night sweats, insomnia, and a strange buzzing in my body (I was relieved when I realized that many long-haul people also have this frightening feeling).” 7 You May Have Joint Pain 9% Suffered ThisJoint pain makes a certain amount of sense. “Most of the symptoms of COVID-19 are a result of an overactive immune system response resulting in cytokines (which are the body’s anti-inflammatory cells) to indiscriminately cause inflammation and problems with many or all of the organs in the body,” reports Arthritis Rheumatic Disease Specialists. “This is the same mechanism that occurs in many autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis and several other conditions.” 6 You May Have Palpitations 9% Suffered ThisHeart issues are all-too-common for Long Haulers. "We absolutely see patients who are in complete recovery or near complete recovery and are thinking that they are in recovery and weeks later come down with symptoms," Dr. Hari Thanigaraj with SSM St. Clare Hospital tells KMOV4 in Chicago. “He says it is typically around 12 weeks after contracting COVID-19 that a patient may start to see symptoms of Post-COVID Syndrome. Those symptoms include dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations and leg swelling.” 5 You Might Have a Smell Disorder 11% Suffered ThisLong Haulers can lose their sense of smell. Or develop an odd disorder. “People suffering from long COVID are reporting a strong smell of fish, sulphur and a sweet sickly odour, as further symptoms of the virus emerge,” reports Sky News. “The unusual side-effect is known as parosmia – meaning a distortion of smell – and may be disproportionately affecting young people and healthcare workers.” 4 You Might Lose Your Hair 22% Suffered ThisActress Alyssa Milano, of Charmed and Who’s the Boss, is a Long Hauler who experienced hair loss. Her initial symptoms were "stomach issues," "a headache like I've never felt before in my life" and "overwhelming fatigue,” she said on the Dr. Oz Show—and then she started losing her hair. "It's hard, especially when you're an actor and so much of your identity is wrapped up in those things like having long silky hair and clean skin," Milano said. She suffered "brain fog" as well. “That’s when thinking clearly becomes hard,” reports UC Davis Health. 3 You Might Have Difficulty Sleeping 26% Suffered This“Many people’s sleep continues to be disrupted by predictable pandemic anxieties,” reports the Atlantic. “But more perplexing symptoms have been arising specifically among people who have recovered from COVID-19. “We’re seeing referrals from doctors because the disease itself affects the nervous system,” Rachel Salas of Johns Hopkins’ department of neurology tells the website. “After recovering, people report changes in attention, debilitating headaches, brain fog, muscular weakness, and, perhaps most commonly, insomnia,” reports the Atlantic. 2 You are Most Likely to Have Fatigue or Muscle Weakness 63% Suffered This"Post-viral fatigue is completely different to 'normal' tiredness. As well as total exhaustion, people with post-viral fatigue feel generally unwell. It is sometimes seen among patients recovering from other viruses, such as the flu or mumps," says Dr. Sarah Jarvis, Clinical Director of Patient. "Add to this unexplained muscle and joint pain, poor concentration, sore throat, headaches and swollen lymph nodes and it's hardly surprising it can be extremely debilitating." 1 You Might Have Any One of the Symptoms You’ve Just Read About 76% Suffered ThisAs the new study found, Long Haulers usually have not just one symptom, but a rotating gallery of them. If you have experienced any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, contact a medical professional immediately. There is no "cure" but doctors can try their best to treat the symptoms—and to ensure you don't get sick in the future, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.